Light Science for Leisure Hours

Richard A. PROCTOR (1837 - 1888)

In preparing these Essays, my chief object has been to present scientific truths in a light and readable form—clearly and simply, but with an exact adherence to the facts as I see them. I have followed—here and always—the rule of trying to explain my meaning precisely as I should wish others to explain, to myself, matters with which I was unfamiliar. Hence I have avoided that excessive simplicity which some seem to consider absolutely essential in scientific essays intended for general perusal, but which is often even more perplexing than a too technical style. The chief rule I have followed, in order to make my descriptions clear, has been to endeavour to make each sentence bear one meaning, and one only. Speaking as a reader, and especially as a reader of scientific books, I venture to express an earnest wish that this simple rule were never infringed, even to meet the requirements of style.

It will hardly be necessary to mention that several of the shorter Essays are rather intended to amuse than to instruct. - Summary by the Preface

Genre(s): Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Prefaces Lynda Marie Neilson
00:04:12
Play 02 Strange Discoveries respecting the Aurora Tylar Farmer
00:18:11
Play 03 The Earth a Magnet Tylar Farmer
00:25:50
Play 04 Our Chief Time-piece losing Time Melissa Jean
00:23:18
Play 05 Encke the Astronomer Ashley M.
00:05:11
Play 06 Venus on the Sun’s Face jcrosbie
00:38:07
Play 07 Britain’s Coal Cellars Lynda Marie Neilson
00:51:36
Play 08 The Secret of the North Pole Melissa Jean
00:24:28
Play 09 Is the Gulf Stream a Myth? Linda Johnson
00:34:37
Play 10 Floods in Switzerland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:10:09
Play 11 A Great Tidal Wave Lynda Marie Neilson
00:08:51
Play 12 Deep-Sea Dredgings Lynda Marie Neilson
00:12:13
Play 13 The Tunnel through Mont Cenis Lynda Marie Neilson
00:10:27
Play 14 Tornadoes Lynda Marie Neilson
00:29:01
Play 15 Vesuvius Lynda Marie Neilson
00:45:03
Play 16 The Earthquake in Peru Lynda Marie Neilson
00:12:34
Play 17 The Greatest Sea-Wave ever known Lynda Marie Neilson
00:34:36
Play 18 The Usefulness of Earthquakes Linda Johnson
00:26:16
Play 19 The Forcing Power of Rain Linda Johnson
00:10:56
Play 20 A Shower of Snow-Crystals April6090
00:03:49
Play 21 Long Shots April6090
00:09:13
Play 22 Influence of Marriage on the Death-Rate Linda Johnson
00:12:47
Play 23 The Topographical Survey of India Linda Johnson
00:22:19
Play 24 A Ship attacked by a Sword-fish April6090
00:05:19
Play 25 The Safety-lamp realisticspeakers
00:10:26
Play 26 The Dust we have to Breathe Clive Catterall
00:04:11
Play 27 Photographic Ghosts Clive Catterall
00:04:28
Play 28 The Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Styles jcrosbie
00:07:58
Play 29 Betting on Horse Races: or, the State of the Odds Linda Johnson
00:27:44
Play 30 Squaring the Circle Peter Yearsley
00:15:36
Play 31 A New Theory of Achilles’ Shield Linda Johnson
00:31:27